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Holy Spirit

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Link to : Francesca Battistelli’s “Holy Spirit”

This song gives me CHILLS.  Every time.

Friday September 18th I was headed to my first big class–and teaching acrylic painting.  A little outside my comfort zone. And sharing my story–totally inside my zone.  LOL    It was crazy raining, I was running late, I was getting nervous and worried.

Then this came on the radio.

I already planned that I was going to open the class by holding our hands open and calling on the Spirit to fill us that night.  But at this moment, it was like God was reminding me in the sweetest, gentlest way–this is about calling on Him, on the Spirit.  As long as I did that God would take care of the class, He would carry every woman through the night, He would fill my words and teaching.

He did.  He changed the atmosphere.  I called on Jesus right there in the car and then we opened with that prayer.  I instantly felt His calm fill me, and the joy of worshiping fill me.

Ah, yes.  This is what deciding is all about dear friends.  When we ask, we receive.  Thanks be to God.

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I Decided

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I decided by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

It is time for a song week!  These are definitely journal pieces–ones that I just glued down paper, painted, and added words.  Nothing fancy, but a lot of worship and prayer in these.

I have said it before, I will say it again, when I preplan the month, which artworks I will post when, God helps plan it.  He knew I would be exhausted and pressed for time this week, and He knew music would be the perfect thing to share.  Isn’t He great?  Don’t you just love those God moments?

Here is the link to Brandon Heath’s “No Turning Back”

And this week’s songs have been playing in my head a lot recently!  They are my little personal soundtrack keeping me rolling.  Do you have songs like that?  When you hear it, you must turn it up louder, and let it sink into every cell?

This song by Brandon Heath helps me keep on track with my goal of obedience.  When I start thinking I can’t keep up with all that He is calling me to obey right now, this reminds me:  I decided to follow.  I know this is best.  And this calling is part of His commission to call of you, to encourage others to obey.  To obey Jesus’ call of love and peace.  Oh, what a great thing to decide to do!  What a great thing to obey!

Yes, I have decided.  Yes, I want you to come with me.

 

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Good Lord Show Me the Way

Scan-012I love this old spiritual.  I first heard it in the movie /on the soundtrack for O Brother Where Art Thou, which is one of my favorites.  Sometimes the words of the song will just flow in my brain.

 This is the link to listen to Allison Krauss’ haunting version of Down to the River to Pray.

I have one more Atlanta story to share that uses this song, a story of how the trip almost didn’t happen, except for this song and God’s intervention.  It is kind of long, but a good one.

We thought we were dropping me off with plenty of time to make my flight on Thursday morning.  We forgot…this was O’Hare.  I ended up in this crazy line for the TSA security point.  It not only snaked through the ropes, but all the way down the ENTIRE terminal.  I stood in line for 40 minutes before I reached where the ropes were.  I was getting sick with nerves.  I stayed in line another 15 minutes and realized:  my plane was already boarding.  I was not going to get through this line and have enough time to get to my gate.  What happens if I miss this flight?  This was a cheap ticket…will they bump me?  Will I miss my meetings? Will I even make another flight?

As I had been moving through the line, I kept wondering, “Is there grace for people who didn’t get here two hours early?  Will they expedite me at some point?”  And the song started playing in the back of my head.  Good Lord, show me the way.

When I got to the ropes, no luck.  I kept following.  I got to the next point where they expedite.  I asked the agent if there was a way and she quickly replied I was not a person that could go through her.

I felt panic FILL me.  I was literally SHAKING.  I finally closed my eyes and took a deep breath and let the prayers come:  Jesus, I know you want me in Atlanta.  I feel that you need me there to do your work.  Please bless me Jesus.  Open a path, to do your will, to do your work.  Let me make this plane.  Good Lord, show me the way.

I heard the song.  I took another deep breath and opened my eyes.

I noticed the agent looking at me.  She cocked her head to the side, opened her eyes wide, and said,”  You know honey…if you ask nicely and explain, usually people will be kind and let you cut in line.”  My jaw dropped open.

I have to admit:  I do not have a lot of faith in the kindness, understanding, and willingness to let people cut in line in Chicago.  Chicagoans are SERIOUS about their lines.  They are used to them and they expect everyone to follow the rules.

But I tried it.  AND IT WORKED.  It was amazing.  Maybe it was the crazed look in my eyes, but as I asked people in groups of 5-10 at a time, they let me ahead.  I went ahead of 50 people easily.  They let me ahead all the way right up to the scanner and then the agents were wonderful and did it very quickly as they were looking at my ticket and giving me directions to my gate.

I took off RUNNING.  By this time it was 6:25 am and my flight left at 6:30.  I had five minutes to run through O’Hare to my gate.  But God made a way.  I would see groups of people ahead of me, and they either heard me coming (I was dragging my suitcase, clicking flip flops, and breathing hard) or God moved them– because they would clear to the sides and I would go right through.

I was the last person on the plane, and it was almost full.  They literally closed the doors as I got on.  I sank into my seat, panting.  And prayed thankgsiving and praise to God.

He showed me the way.

 

 

 

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Blessed Assurance

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Blessed Assurance by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

As long as we keep an attitude of reverence, submission, and praise we can be assured that God will continue to offer us His faith, His hope, and His truth through all the information we wade through.

Remember this old hymn?  Blessed Assurance  listen here and as you listen and read the lyrics join me in the prayer and worship that this song is.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Listen to something new

Scan-001I am only going to share music with this today.

This is some of the best piano music I have found in a long time!  Absolutely inspiring click the links below to go to YouTube and listen:

Paul Cardall New Life, “Letting Go”*

David Ketchum “MGNT Kids Remix” you can listen here. **

(* He composed the music to go with several Richard Paul Evans books and an album of hymns.)

(**The original song is good, but a bit scary. But as a piano piece it was fabulous.  The rest of the album is good and interesting also.  I always like being introduced to something new.)

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It is WELL with my Soul

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It Is Well with MY Soul by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

Ahhh.  And this dear friends is the culmination.  To feel that peace.  To feel the positive outcomes of a little time of solitude.  To enjoy our dream places of staying.  To know that we are loved by family and friends.  To know that we came home to what we really should focus on.  To know that God is with us.  Yes.

It is well with my soul.

Drink it in, breathe it in deep.  repeat it to yourself over and over, as a prayer.

It is WELL with my soul.  It is well with MY soul.  It is well with my SOUL.  

Isn’t that wonderful?  Do you feel it change you?

Remember that piece in orange, one positive thought a day?  This can be it.  This is all it needs to be.

Rest in the face that faith makes our souls well.  We are WELL.

Here is the song and the fascinating story behind it!

 

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Be Lifted High

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My Life Lifted High by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

This song by Hillsong United inspired this faith art journaling piece. I don’t think I can’t end this week any better.  Here are the lyrics.

“Came To My Rescue” Writer(s): Dylan Thomas, Joel Davies, Marty Sampson

Falling on my knees in worship
Giving all I am to seek your face
Lord all I am is yours

My whole life
I place in your hands
God of Mercy
Humbled I bow down
In your presence at your throne

I called you answered
And you came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where you are

My whole life
I place in your hands
God of Mercy
Humbled I bow down
In your presence at your throne

I called you answered
And you came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where you are
[x2]

In my life be lifted high
In our world be lifted high
In our love be lifted high
[x3]

I called you answered
And you came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where you are

 

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Now I am

I had to share!  Last night’s concert was everything I hoped.  Soulful, refreshing, heart filling.  First, I love Matt Maher’s music.  Second, I love loud music.  Third, it was pretty awesome to be with a whole crowd of people letting go, dancing and singing and clapping for Jesus.  Pretty darn cool.  I might need to start a savings account just for more concerts, it was so cool.  I wanted to go see him last November, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Now was the time.  I needed it right now.

There will be lots of new art inspired by Matt’s lyrics and music.  I looked through all my journals this morning, and I can’t believe it, but I have never painted “Your Grace is Enough!”  That song is very special to me, it got me through some hard times.  Maybe why I wasn’t ready to paint it before.

Now I am.

I had a God moment last night outside of the music.  One of those moments, a meeting with a person, that I had hoped for a year ago, and didn’t happen.  One of those, that of course, it spilled out of my eyes, because I was surprised and overwhelmed by God’s intervention and timing.  But I think God was saving it for when I was ready.

Now I am.  My artwork, my writing, I am ready now.  I needed a year’s growth.

Isn’t it funny how God’s time works?  He is so smart, that God.  We all have something we think should happen now, and it just isn’t happening.    Or maybe it didn’t happen.  We thought we needed something, and He decided, nope, no you don’t.  You need this.   It can be so hard to give up that control and let Him do His thing.  I have struggled with it.

And now, I am.  I am letting go and letting him have it.

And the more I do, the better His stuff gets.  Way better than what I had planned.  Because that is what is awesome about God…His plans are way more than we can ever, ever imagine.

Let go with me. See what Jesus has planned for you.

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Woohoo! And Amen!

I am so crazy excited I cannot contain myself!  I am finally going to see Matt Maher in concert tonight with a good friend (shout out to Becki!).  He is at the top of my list of favorite Christian artists.  I am going to be yelling woohoo and amen a lot tonight!  I know I will cry.  I know I will smile.  As Becki said, it will refreshing.  So true.  I am pretty sure we will pray and connect.  Awesome.

Not sure who I am talking about?  Let me refresh your memory…here are two art pieces I have made.  You can click the image and go to the blog post and the link to the music.

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No laughing if you go back to those posts. Man, my writing has come a long, long way.  What is up with a title like “my favorite song january 2014”????  Geesh.  No search engine optimization there!  No matter, I still like these art pieces and love the music.  They can stand alone.

But I digress as usual…Christian music.  Remember that story of the mustard seed from earlier this week?  I have been thinking about it in terms of music.  I listen to a lot of genres.  I never thought that the lyrics were affecting me much, until I started making a point of queing up my favorite Christian artists on Pandora.  The more I listen to those songs, the more I pray, the more connected I feel to God.  It is not that the other music influenced me to do bad things, but it didn’t encourage me to do what is right for my soul either.

And there are more and more options for different styles of music in the Christian sector as well.  I remember when I was in high school, it was pretty limited.  Plus, there wasn’t streaming, pandora, mp3s, let alone Christian rock radio stations.  We have so many more choices these days.

Now when I do switch the station to other stations I am that much more aware of the lyrics.  I don’t know if they are worse, or if I am just that much more sensitive.  But I do realize how I am affected when I listen.  It isn’t always good.

Do you listen to Christian music?  Who are your favorites?  Use Pandora?  It is my favorite way to hear new and different artists. It plays a much more diverse song list than my radio stations.  It is free to get an account online.  Start with Matt Maher and see where the rabbit hole takes you.  And see where the lyrics take you.  I guarantee it is going to be a good place.  A Woohoo and Amen place.  And we all need to be connected to that!

Have a great weekend!

 

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God Makes Beautiful Things

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God Makes Beautiful Things by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

 

Here is the song:  Gungor “You Make Beautiful Things”

I love, love, love this song.  It is very prayer, worship full.  One you just want to close your eyes, nod your head to the beat, and just breathe deep the grace of God.

This morning I heard Phoebe (my oldest) singing this song downstairs.  Her sweet little girl voice drifting up.  She had her headphones in (this song is on her Ipod shuffle) laying in her bed, just newly awake, repeating the chorus, “You make me new, you are making me new, you make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us.”

I don’t know if she purposely chose this song to listen to when she first awoke, or if it just happened that way.  But what a wonderful way to awake!  Can you imagine if we all started our day this way?  With the beautiful, the grateful, and newness of life in Christ in our hearts and minds?  She came up stairs today refreshed, smiling, and peaceful.  She filled her brain, heart, and eyes with goodness and you could see it spilling into her morning.

She is FULL.  And of GOOD things.

Oh, to have that beautiful fullness of Christ all the time.  That truly is beautiful. Because God did create us beautiful, His world is beautiful.  His love is beautiful.

Today I will follow her lead and be full in Christ..

Would you like this reminder, too?  Download the song and I already have the print up on Etsy here: Beautiful Things print

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Toe tappin’

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That is my sister, Sarah, by the way.  🙂

Do you know a tapper?  If yes, then you know this is true.  I STILL will tap dance on a good tile or hardwood surface.  My toes and heels just can’t handle it.  Phoebe is the same way.

Such a joyful noise.

The Bible tells us to make a joyful noise, with tambourines and voices, all sorts of instruments.  I use my toes, snap my fingers, sing, laugh, talk, yell, and more.  Yes, I make a joyful noise.  My house is loud because I married a loud guy and have raised loud, joyful children.  I think we are known for that, and I am completely okay with being the loud people..as long as we are also known as those happy Nelsons.  People always say they know when we are at the ball field because they can hear us from the parking lot.  🙂

Go forth and make a veritable plethora of noise in praise of your blessings today, tapping or however.  Be an echo in the world, a song that leads others to the joy available through faith.

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